Category Archives: Wordsmith

Live in the “Not Knowing”

I started writing about my failures. I have created my own mythology.
Passion for everything I do is a unicorn.
Fear of being rejected is an olyphant.
Impossible dreams echo in my ears as siren songs.
Fear of not being able to make my humane appeal understood is a saber-toothed cat which tears at my flesh with clawed words.

This is the bestiary of entrapment in the world of “Not Knowing”.
“You have to learn to live in the ‘not knowing’ ” or in Equilibrium. This way you will fear less and become fearless.
– Iulia Halatz

Art by Waldemar Kazak

Requiem at

for Love Forbidden, left behind

By Zarina Dara (

This town, this town has strewn my heart —
its ragged fragments smeared across
the melting tar and asphalt
scorched by February’s sun.

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Marc Chagall: Lovers With Half Moon

Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻
sneaking poetry into the corners of the day, and telling stories to myself in grasp of sanity.

Silver Lace Cloak at

written by: Ann Christine Tabaka


Silver lace spills off her shoulders,
like armor against the storm.

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Ann Christine Tabaka
Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Burningword Literary Journal; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.
(a complete list of publications is available upon request)

The Voice of Time at

The Voice of Time
Our mortality and vulnerability have caught up with us.

Written by Doug Vidlas.

When we press a seashell to our ears, we hear the wise ancient voices, plus sounds of a restless sea and the creatures dwelling there within.
These were implanted there long ago, before man began to interfere.

View the full article at Poetry.

Photo by Gregory Culmer on Unsplash.

Doug Vidlas
Word slinger and sometimes poet. Ex stand-up. Polyglot. Technologist. Non-conformist who experiments a lot.

14 Writers Choose One Book That Gives Them Hope in a Dark Time

Fourteen writers on the one book that brings them hope in the midst of hopelessness at

Erling Kagge about The Story of Albert Schweitzer:
“Schweitzer’s idea in Reverence for Life: that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil slowly opened a new horizon. I started to see that everybody can change the world. One small step at a time. Even a mouse can eat an elephant if it takes small enough bites. The challenge lies in the desire.”
Erling Kagge
Norwegian explorer, appears at Hay Festival Querétaro to talk about his latest work, Walking; One Step At a Time.

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In beauty

“In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream – an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Ligeia

Photography Art by Peter Lindberg (November 23, 1944 – September 3, 2019).

Ousted at Spillwords

written by: Sultana Raza


No perch to hang onto, no nest to stay,
Aurum eluded him, or brother took,
New graves; most of his family lay,
Later in sickness, friends forsook.

View the full poem at Spillwords.

Sultana Raza
Sultana Raza has a Master of Arts in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in 40+ Journals, including Caduceus (Ed. Yale University), Columbia Journal, and The New Verse News. More poems have appeared in Gramma, Enclave, Entropy, Poetry24, The Society of Classical Poetry, Bewildering Stories, Spillwords, and The Peacock Journal.
Her fiction has been published online (Coldnoon Journal), and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train Review (USA). Her 100+ articles (on art, film, and humanitarian issues) have appeared in English and French. She has presented her fiction and poetry in Creative Writing Panels in international conferences in the US and Europe, where she’s also presented papers on Romanticism (Keats) and Fantasy (Tolkien).